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For all the talk of "manufacturing" software through "standard components," the fact remains: Great software is built by talented people working together well.
Leading great software teams is an art and a science, and in a brutally competitive marketplace, it just doesn't get easier. If there's any consolation, you're not alone. Perhaps it's more of a consolation to know there's actually some help available: Under Pressure & On Time by Ed Sullivan.
Sullivan's been in the trenches for nearly two decades. These days, he leads NuMega Labs' development center (they've shipped more than 30 products, 90 percent of them on time). His book thoroughly demystifies every phase of software leadership: creating your team, directing it, and delivering the results that keep it thriving.
You'll find coverage of recruiting and interviewing to get the right people -- and retaining them. (It's about more than providing munchies and air hockey tables.) There's also specific, expert guidance on the vital day-to-day stuff nobody ever writes about: scheduling, betas, release engineering, and so forth.
Most software team leaders and IT managers "rose from the ranks" of developers. Nobody taught them how to lead. Ed Sullivan will. (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.